The Asynjur: The Female Goddesses of Asgard
|Vingolf was the name of the beautiful house that the gods built to the Asynjur “goddesses” in Asgard.|
|She was a goddess and or a Valkyrie; she was associated with medical skill.|
|Freya was the goddess of love, lust beauty, sorcery, fertility, gold, war and death. The name Freya means “lady”. Freya was a former member of the Vanir. When the war between the Vanir and the Aesir ended, Freya and two others were sent to the Aesir as a token of truce. In return the Aesir sent Honir and Mimir to the Vanir. Freya was incredibly beautiful, and she had many admirers. Freya loved poems and love songs. When she was hovering over the ground, she scattered morning dew and sun light behind her. She shook spring flowers out of her golden hair. Freya could cry tears that turned into gold, or amber.|
The House of Freya
|Freya was living in Asgard, the name of her house was Sessrumnir placed on the field Fólkvangr which means “field of the host”, “people field” or “army field” It was a place where half of those that die in a battle go for the afterlife, while Odin would receive the other half. Freya was always given the first choice. After she had picked the ones she wanted, the rest were sent to Odin.|
Three animals and some feathers
Freya rode in a chariot pulled by two black or gray cats.
Freya also had a cloak of falcon feathers, which she willingly loaned out to the other gods, when they needed quickly to fly to one of the worlds.
Freya also had a boar named Hildisvini “battle swine” which she rides when not using her cat-drawn chariot. It is also said to be Freya’s human lover, Ottar in disguise, and is the reason why Loki consistently accuses her of being immoral by riding her lover in public.
Freya loved jewelry, and she had a necklace. That was made by four dwarfs, with such an art it gleamed like a constellation in the night sky. The name Brísingamen, means "flaming, glowing". When it was around Freya’s beautiful neck, it became the symbol of heaven and earth fruits.
One day Freya, walked by a cave with dwarfs and wandered in.
|Freya pleaded and begged to have the necklace “Brisingamen”. She told the four dwarfs, she would pay any amount of gold for it. The dwarfs refused to sell it. But they did however make a suggestion, if Freya would spend one night. With each of the four dwarfs and make love to them, she could have the necklace. Freya agreed to and spent the next four nights with the ugly dwarfs.
Loki the trickster had followed Freya to Svaralfheim, the home of the dwarfs, and seen everything that had happened. Loki ran back and told Odin, what he had seen.
When Odin heard the news, he got furious. He bade Loki to take the necklace from Freya and bring it to him. Loki went to Freya’s house Sessrumnir, but he had a hard time getting in, because all doors and windows were tightly shut. But Loki turned himself into a small fly and got in the room through a hole as small as a needle’s eye. Loki saw that Freya was wearing the necklace around her neck, with the clasp underneath her so that he could not reach it. Loki turned himself into a flea and bit the goddess on her cheek.
|She turned restlessly in her sleep and exposed the clasp. Loki now quickly turned himself back to his own shape, took the necklace, unlocked the door, and crept out. When Freya found out that she loss her necklace she ran to Odin and told her story, crying bitterly. Cold with anger at Freya’s story of greed and lust, Odin said that he would only recover the necklace for her if she would agree to stir up a war between two mighty chieftains in Midgard “Middle Earth” He demanded that there should be killing and bloodshed.|
|Afterward Freya should bring the slain heroes back to life. Freya willingly agreed to the terms, for like Odin, she had a lust for battles and heroes. Then Odin sent for Heimdall, the watchman of the bridge Bifrost, and told him o go after Loki, and bring back Freya’s necklace. Loki turned himself into a seal and swam to a rock near Singastein, but a moment later Heimdall, too, had become a seal. The two fought a fierce battle. In the end Heimdall, with the necklace in his hand, led the dripping Loki out of the water and back to Odin.|
Day of week: Friday (Fredag) , she or Freya has given her name to this day, and its a little unclear who.
Frigg was the daughter of Fjörgynn.
Frigg was married to Odin; together they had the sons Balder and Hod.
Frigg was the stepmother to Thor, Heimdal, Höder, Hermod, Tyr, Bragi, Vidar, Vali.
|Frigg was the queen of Asgard, and she was a sorceress, Frigg means the “beloved one”. Frigg was associated with love, marriage, fertility, and motherhood. She was exceptional important to married woman. She had the power of prophecy yet she does not reveal what she knows. Frigg was the only one other than Odin who is permitted to sit on his high seat, and look out over the universe. The name of her house was Fensalir, the name means “marsh hall”. The woman would often go close to the wet marsh lands to worship Frigg.|
|Frigg had many maids; she was especially attached to her maid named Fulla. Fulla was wearing a golden snood for Frigg. She was tending to the footwear and the boxes of Frigg. Fulla also knew all the secrets of Frigg, because Frigg confided everything to her.|
|She was a former Jotun, and might not also have been an Asynjur. She was the wife of the god Freyr.|
|Gefion was a goddess of fertility, and associated with the plow. Once Gefion had disguised herself as a beggar woman. Gefion had asked Gylfi, the king of Sweden, to give her some land. The king told had told her that she could hae as much land as she could plow in one day and one night. Gefion used her four sons, who were huge as oxes, and been fathered by a giant. Gifion hitched the oxen to a plow and proceeded to cut deeply into the land of Sweden. Then she and the oxen towered into the sea where it is now known as the island of Zealand “Sjælland”, part of Denmark.|
|She ran errands for the goddess Frigg. When she needed to deliver a massage in a hurry, Gna rode her horse, Hofvarpnir “Hoof Trasher”, through the air or over water.|
|She ran errands in other worlds for Frigg, she sent Hlin, when there was something or someone she wanted to protect.|
|She was a goddess, not much is known about her.|
Idun was the daughter of the dwarf Ivald.
Idun was married to Bragi.
Idun was a goddess who guarded the apples of youth. Idun had long golden hair and was the goddess of spring and eternal youth. She supplied the gods with the apples of youth, to keep them forever young. One day Idun and her apples were stolen by Loki, and he gave Idun and the apples to an eagle to save his life.
|She was a goddess, not much is known about her.|
|Lofn was one the daughters of the dwarf Hreidmar. She had one sister Lyngheid and 3 brothers Fafnir, Regin and Otr. Lofn means “the comforter”, “the mild,” or “loving”. Lofn was gentle in manner and an arranger of marriages, when they had been forbidden.|
|Nanna was married to Balder; and the mother of Forseti. Nanna died of grief after the dead of Balder, the gods then placed her on the boat with Balder and set it on fire.|
|She was a goddess, and may represent earth.|
|Saga was a goddess she lived at Sökkvakkr “Sunken Bank/ Sunken Bench” or “Treasure Bank” in Asgard.|
|Sif had beautiful long golden hair, and was goddess of grain and fertility. Sif was married to Thor. Sif had a son named Ull, Thor’s stepson. The trickster Loki cut her hair off while she slept. Loki was forced to replace it, with strands of gold crafted by the dwarfs.|
|Sigyn was married to Loki, and they had the sons Narfi and Vali. When Loki finally had done one trick to many, he was bound in a cave with a serpent over his head. Sigyn his loyal wife, stayed with him day and night, with a bowl in her hands. Holding it over his head catching the venom, that was dripping from the serpent’s jaws. When she emptied the bowl, some drops of venom from the serpent fell on Loki, and he writhed with pain, causing the earth earth quakes in Midgard. Sigyn stayed with Loki until Ragnarok “The end of the world”.|
|She was a goddess and very eager to turn people’s minds, both men and women into lovemaking.|
|She was associated with wisdom, and was very smart.|
|Syn was the guardian for Frigg’s great hall, Sessrumnir. Syn was also a goddess associated with defensive refusal.|
|Rind was the daughter of Billing”King of the Ruthenians”. Rind and Odin had a son named Vali.|
|Thrud may or may not have been a Valkyrie, but there was a Valkyrie with the name Thrud.
Thrud was the daughter of Thor and Sif. She is the half-sister to Magni and Modi.
|Var was a goddess associated with oaths between men and women. Var would also punish those, who broke their vows.|
|Vor was very wise and she searched out all things so nothing was hidden from her. Vor also had the gift of providence, of preparing well for the future.|